Verdict in Washington Post reporter Iran spy trial 'within a week'

Rezaian faces 10 to 20 years in jail if convicted, but can appeal. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

The verdict in Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's trial for allegedly spying on Iran will be announced "within a week", his lawyer told AFP as his trial ended on Monday.

Leila Ahsan said she presented the reporter's defence in Tehran and that there would be no further hearings unless an appeal is lodged when the judgment is announced.

Rezaian faces 10 to 20 years in jail if convicted, but can appeal.

Rezaian, his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists were detained on July 22, 2014, in Tehran.

All were later released except Rezaian, who has Iranian-American nationality.

The Washington Post has stepped up a campaign for the release of its jailed reporter, appealing to the U.N. Human Rights Council last Month to help secure his release after a year of what it called "arbitrary" detention.

The newspaper filed a petition with the council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention seeking action to press Tehran to free Rezaian, one of four Americans detained or missing in Iran whose release is being sought openly by the U.S. administration.

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